Why do International Students choose UCOL?
1. Over 100 years of excellence in education
Established in 1902, UCOL is a high-performing New Zealand government funded Institute of Technology and a leading public tertiary education provider. In 2015, our international students achieved high pass rates with 86.5% course completions.
“In my opinion, if you want to study in New Zealand, UCOL is the best option to enhance your academic skills.” - Nikhil Rana (India), Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management
2. Easy access & located in central New Zealand
From city life to charming provincial towns, UCOL’s
locations across the North Island allow international students the chance to explore a variety of iconic Kiwi landscapes.
“It is the best polytechnic. In a beautiful city and in the heart of the city. All the facilities are available here.” – Harvinder Singh Rangi (India), Graduate Diploma in Project Management
3. Wide range of study options
With over 100 foundation courses, certificates, diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate qualifications available,
are designed to fit into your lifestyle.
“Lots of courses and well qualified staff” – Sumit Verma (India), Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management
4. Strong industry connections
Work placements, internships, competitions, and case studies thanks to our extensive industry connections
are all part of the UCOL journey and provide our students the industry-needed skills and training needed to gain a career doing what they love.
Hear from 2017 Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Applied) graduate, Tiffany Nguyen from Vietnam:
5. Award-winning staff
UCOL’s staff are passionate and dedicated to helping students succeed so they can make a difference wherever they work in the world.
“Lecturers are really helpful and environment is peaceful” – Ashish Devkota (India), Graduate Diploma in Project Management
6. Putting students first
UCOL is the first tertiary provider in New Zealand to implement
– a relationships-based teaching and learning approach that aims to improve student success and educational outcomes.
7. All round student experience
8. A safe & cost effective place to live
New Zealand is one of the most peaceful nations on earth ranking 4th out of 162 countries in the
2015 Global Peace Index
Free buses for UCOL students in Palmerston North and affordable accommodation at all our campuses, make UCOL a cost effective place to study. To find out how the cost of living in New Zealand compares with your country, see
New Zealand Now
“Friendly Lecturers and environment” – Nithin Krishna (India), Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology
9. High-tech facilities
Students are immersed in a practical learning environment, with innovative technology and a range of specialised equipment that often surpass industry standards, including the Regional Trades and Technology Centre.
“The same technology that is used at Weta [Workshop] is what I have been taught” -
Ryan Serrano (Phillippines), Computer Graphic Design
10. Successful alumni across the globe
network of alumni
fosters collaboration and exchange with UCOL graduates around the world.